The Swiss Summer Schools are multi-day out of town courses for MSc, PhD and postdoctoral students with a focus on chemical synthesis or chemical biology. The focus of this edition of the series was on catalysis and sustainability and was a joint event with the NCCR Catalysis. It was held in Les Diablerets, in the beautiful Alpes Vaudoises region above Lake Geneva. The team of Summer School Lecturers was built from experts in different areas of catalysis and sustainability, representing academic institutions from all over the world (Caltech, Princeton, Ben Gurion University, the University of Bern, and ETH Zürich). In addition, lectures presented by researchers from Syngenta, Siegfried, Merck/Sigma-Aldrich, Novartis, IBM Research and Sulzer illustrated the importance of synthesis, catalysis and sustainability in industry.

A total of four Awardees were honored with the Best Poster and Best Short Communication Award, sponsored by Helvetica and Chemistry Europe (CE). Two students received the NCCR Catalysis Poster and Short Communication Prize for a special contribution to the field of catalysis and sustainable chemistry. 

Best Poster Award sponsored by Helvetica:
Julia Reisenbauer, ETH Zürich
«Shuttle Catalysis enabled Transfer Hydrocyanation: A Mechanistic Investigation»

Runners-up Poster Awards sponsored by Chemistry Europe (CE):
Pablo Diaz-Kruik, University of Bern
«From L-Lysine to active pharmaceutical ingredients»
Diana Cavalli, EPFL
«Duality of Hypervalent Iodine Reagents in Photomediated Synthesis: From Radical Trap to Photooxidant»

Best Short Communication Award sponsored by Helvetica:
Eloïse Colson, University of Bern
«One-pot synthesis of azabicyclo[3.2.1]octane derivatives by photoredox activation of amines»

Runners-up Short Communication Award sponsored by Chemistry Europe (CE):
Susanne Reischauer, Max Planck Institute for Colloids & Interfaces
«The Wavelength Matters»

NCCR Catalysis Poster Prize:
Francesco Bernasconi, Empa
«Controlling the Selectivity of CO2 Electrolysis with Electrospun Gas Diffusion Electrodes» 

NCCR Catalysis Short Communication Prize:
Arik Beck, ETH Zürich
«The structure of multicomponent catalysts across the pressure gap»

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Céline Wittwer, SCS